The Army Combat and Training School (ACTS), as part of it courses to train Officers and Men for combat have conducted a five-day exercise code named “Ex-Final Drive”, for course 1-2019 from Sunday, 24 March 2019 to Friday, 29 March 2019 at Kpompko-Dorfor in the North Tongu District of the Volta Region.
The Chief Coordinator for ACTS, Col MO Mantey in the course of the training paid a visit to the students to encourage and congratulate them for their unwavering efforts. According to him, the visit was an opportunity for him to update and revise some of the basic infantry tactics he had learnt years ago.
In a debrief section, Col Mantey said the essence of the exercise was to prepare students for any eventuality that may come up. He advised students to take all lessons very serious and also make use of opportunities that may come their way to learn and acquire more knowledge for the benefit of themselves and the country as a whole. He lauded the instructors and students for a successful exercise.
In an interview with the course Brigade Commander, Acting Lt Col Tettey Benedict, he stated that Ex-Final Drive was an annual exercise conducted for students who read Combat Team Commanders (CTC), Advance Non-Commission Tactical Course (ANTC), Advance Mortar Course (AMC), Advance Medium Machine Gun Course (AMMGC) and Advance Infantry Platoon Weapon Course (AIPWC).
He added that the exercise was aimed at assessing the physical fitness and endurance of students, assess Commanders at various levels in practical leadership, practice administration of troops in the field, gain knowledge in the planning and issue of orders and the employment as well as deployment of supporting weapons in all phases of war.
According to him, the FTX weapon was designed to test students in the tactical handling of any Infantry Company and its Sub-units operating within a Combat Team (CT) framework in a conventional war setting.